Community Services

Milpitas community services for those who need some help getting by. Rent-free office space to non-profit service agencies.


BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Give wisely to charities. Check here to find out how much of your donation really goes to help those in need. For questions about local charities, call the regional office of the Better Business Bureau at 408-278-7400.

Charitable Trusts
This web site offers information to assist you in evaluating solicitations and choosing wisely when responding to charities and commercial fund-raisers who must register with the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts and report financial activities annually.

Donation Locations
Where to drop off your holiday donations of food, toys or cash for Milpitas and area charities.

Grant Writing
Seven Deadly Sins of Grant Writing. Too often grant writers fall into these traps when applying for community grants.

Grant Writing Help
Technical assistance, consultants, classes, research sites and Bay Area Arts foundations.

In California, charities and certain other private nonprofit organizations may conduct raffles to raise funds for beneficial or charitable purposes in the state. This exception to the general constitutional prohibition against lotteries requires that at least 90 percent of the gross receipts from these raffles go directly to beneficial or charitable purposes in California.


Able People Foundation
We make basic mobility products available such as manual wheelchairs, walkers, etc., at no cost to our local low income families. 552 Valley Way, 408-263-8000.

Adopt A Creek
This program offers citizen participation in creek cleaning projects within Santa Clara County. Helping with this program is a great way for schools, community organizations and private companies to demonstrate their concern about the environment. Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, USA
A non-profit organization whose objective is to provide charity, medical treatment, educational development, and cultural promotion to the needy and the society worldwide. Northern California Chapter, 175 Dempsey Road, 408-262-3389.

Catholic Charities
Services & Programs: Community Counseling and Education, Employment, Foster Grandparents, The Grandparent Caregiver Resource Center, Immigration, John 23rd Senior Center, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Nutritions, Refugee/Resettlement, Shared Housing, Youth Empowered for Success (Y.E.S)

Emergency Housing Consortium
Regional Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard St., San Jose. Donations and volunteers needed. Call Bob Dolci at 408-294-2100, ex. 204.

Virtual Family Giving Tree

Virtual Family Giving Tree

Family Giving Tree
A non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling the Holiday wishes of kids who would otherwise go without gifts. 312 South Abbott Ave. 408-946-3711 .

Serving the poor and homeless in the Santa Clara County since 1973 and is now a major provider of shelter, transitional housing, and other assistance. Books available on homelessness.

A professional not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children with developmental disorders and their families. 1510 Centre Pointe, 408-265-8153.

Milpitas Food Pantry
Donations of food and money needed now. If you can help in any way, or need help, call 408-946-5564, Mon-Thu 9a-1p, Thurs 6-8p, Sat 10a-12p. 1440 S. Main Street. We are closer to Montague Expressway in the same plaza as M & B Plumbing, Silicon Valley Lockmasters, The Cat’s Nest, and Abbott Auto Service.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Remember: Hunger never takes a holiday. Donate food or your volunteer time.

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits
We are a diverse collaborative of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Clara County. We track issues which affect the sector as a whole, advocate on behalf of nonprofits in the legislative planning process, and educate our members on those issues which affect their ability to provide services.

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Advocates for cleaner electronics production.

Sobrato Family Foundation
Offers rent-free office space to non-profits at Calaveras Business Park in Milpitas. Check here for vacancies and list of tenants.

Special Olympics Northern California
Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for developmentally disabled children and adults. Holds annual “Cops and Lobsters” fundraiser at Red Lobster. Tips to cops being waiters raise funds for local Special Olympics.

United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County
A coalition of neighborhood associations from throughout Santa Clara County who have come together for the purposes of education, communication and common action.

United Way Silicon Valley
United Way agencies provide recreational programs, gang and substance abuse prevention, drop-out prevention, job training, emotional and behavioral counseling and leadership development.

Valley Foundation
The Foundation seeks to provide funding for non-profit organizations in Santa Clara County with an emphasis in the medical field.

Vision Literacy Adult Literacy Services
This volunteer program provides one-on-one tutoring to illiterate adults. 540 Valley Way, Building 4, 408-262-1349.

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